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Civil unrest continues to rage throughout Armenia

April 26, 11:45 UTC+3 YEREVAN

According to local media, opposition marches and acts of civil disobedience have resumed in several cities throughout the country

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YEREVAN, April 26. /TASS/. Supporters of the Armenian opposition resumed acts of civil disobedience on Thursday morning. Demonstrators blocked several streets in downtown Yerevan demanding that their leader Nikol Pashinyan be elected the country’s Prime Minister, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene.

"The Republican Party has no moral right to nominate its candidate for prime minister. The people’s candidate is Nikol Pashinyan," David Sanasaryan, one of the protest leaders, told TASS.

According to local media, opposition marches and acts of civil disobedience have resumed in several cities throughout the country. According to the Aravot daily, several hundred people have gathered in the city of Gyumri. A similar situation is being observed in Vanadzor, Artashat and Maralik.

Protest leader Nikol Pashinyan earlier called on his supporters to bring traffic to a halt throughout the country for 20 minutes at 12:00 local time (11:00 Moscow time).

On Monday, Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan elected by the parliament on April 17 resigned amid mass protests that broke out across the country on April 13. The opposition demands that "people’s candidate" Nikol Pashinyan be elected as the head of government. The Ruling Republican Party agreed to hold early parliamentary elections, but said the opposition’s demand was unconstitutional.

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